New Delhi: During his address at the 23rd Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of States, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the significant challenges posed by the global food, fuel, and fertilizer crisis amidst controversies, tensions, and epidemics. Speaking via video conferencing, PM Modi urged the SCO to explore how its endeavours can align with the expectations and aspirations of people worldwide.
“At present, the global situation is at a critical juncture. In a world engulfed by conflicts, tensions, and pandemics, the food, fuel, and fertiliser crisis are a major challenge for all countries. We must think together that whether we as an organisation can meet the expectations and aspirations of our people.”
During the SCO summit, the Indian Prime Minister also proposed sharing India’s AI-based language platform, Bhashini, with all member countries to address language barriers. He envisioned Bhashini as a model of digital technology and inclusive growth.
The prime minister also listed various pillars that India has focused on during its Presidency of the SCO, including start-up and innovation, Youth empowerment, traditional medicine, Digital inclusion, and shared Buddhist heritage. He also stated that over the past two decades, the SCO has emerged as an important platform for peace, prosperity, and development in the entire Eurasia region. India’s thousands-of-year-old culture and people-to-people ties with this region are living testimony to our shared heritage.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, and other leaders virtually participated in today’s meeting.